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  1. Michael Mohrmann

    In an HT system, you don't HAVE to use a center channel *or* a subwoofer

    You definitely are a candidate for a center speaker for movies. For myself, I can sit at either end of our couch (5' wide seating area), and I still get a rock-solid stereo image pinned midway between the mains. It is because of this that I keep going back and forth between using the center...
  2. Michael Mohrmann

    M&K 350 vs SVS PB12

    Phil, Thanks for the response. I am sorry I deleted my post, but after reviewing some of the recent threads on the Speakers and Subwoofers forum, I felt like I may have been hijacking what is an M&K/SVS thread. I haven't been posting on HTF much in recent months, and I was kind of...
  3. Michael Mohrmann

    M&K 350 vs SVS PB12

  4. Michael Mohrmann

    ACI Maestro...

    Mike, Would you still see a benefit of moving from one (or two) Titan II LEs to the Maestro if you don't watch movies at reference level or listen to music at rock concert levels? In our case, on average that would be about 8-10dB lower than reference level. Michael
  5. Michael Mohrmann

    How to bottom a SV Sub.

    There are some prepros that have password protection for the setup menus, I own one (Anthem AVM-20). I don't use the feature myself, but I am certain it would restrict adjustment of any setting requiring the user to enter the setup menu. What I am not certain of is if it would prevent the...
  6. Michael Mohrmann

    ACI Maestro...

    It sounds like your rare appearance on HTF is going to cost you! :D Seriously, for a room of your size, you could use more UMPH. Our room is 22x14, and we give our two Titan II LEs (now placed side by side instead of one in front and one in back) a serious workout during music and movies...
  7. Michael Mohrmann

    What type of subwoofer finish do you prefer?

    1. Black (finished) Ash 2. Black (finished) Oak 3. Cherry
  8. Michael Mohrmann

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.1

    My apologies to everyone for bringing up the topic of TV calibrating and video switching. My purpose was not to rain on Anthem's parade. I am still impressed to this day that they still try very hard to provide value to their customers and succeed quite often. With the purchase of a new TV...
  9. Michael Mohrmann

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.1

    I can understand the appeal of video switching in a HT prepro or receiver (less wire clutter, easier to use for non-HT family members, etc.). But what about calibrating your TV (or projector) for each individual video source? By going through a video switcher (be it external or in a HT prepro or...
  10. Michael Mohrmann

    I only watch DVDs - SD or HD tube?

    A 34" 16:9 TV will produce a 27.8" 4:3 image, smaller than his 32" TV. To produce a 32" 4:3 image, you would need a 39.2" 16:9 TV. Michael
  11. Michael Mohrmann

    CRT, DLP, LCD, D-ILA-- Pros & Cons, for the record!!!

    I agree, the black level and shadow detail on these TVs have improved quite a bit. But I would also agree that LCD RPTVs still have the "worst" black level of any of the technologies, it is just that the gap is much smaller with the TVs you mentioned. Michael
  12. Michael Mohrmann

    LCOS HDTV Technology - any good??

    Are you sure about this? I could have sworn I saw rainbows on the JVC D-ILA. Then again, I was seeing rainbows on a handful of DLP RPTVs in the same store, so maybe my brain was still flashing them when I looked at the JVC. Michael
  13. Michael Mohrmann

    Picture on Sony KDF-50WE655 vs KDF-55WF655

    According to the online owner manuals, both the 55WF655 and the 50WE655 have 2 component inputs. Michael
  14. Michael Mohrmann

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.1

    Before we venture off into the land of DVD players in the Audio/Video Sources forum, I thought I would ask the opinion of Anthem owners. We currently have a 5 year old Onkyo Integra DPS-5 single disc player, but with the pending purchase of our first HDTV (probably a 50-55" DLP or LCD RPTV), we...
  15. Michael Mohrmann

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.1

    Update: Our AVM-20 returned yesterday from Anthem, about a 3 week turnaround from California. It appears that the regulator for one of the power supplies (I think the standby power supply) was faulty. Given how our AVM-20 reacted in the past on some power shutdowns, it is possible that the...
  16. Michael Mohrmann

    The Anthem Statement D1/AVM30 Thread

    Don't expect this upgrade in 1 or 2 weeks. It is my guess that the software upgrade will be ready mid-December. But this is only a guess, since I am not testing the D1 beta software (still own the AVM-20). Michael
  17. Michael Mohrmann

    Unable to bypass Dolby Digital

    Sergio, I am assuming that you have the DVD player's analog cables connected in addition to the digital output of the DVD player. One way around this problem would be to connect the DVD player's analog output to an unused input on your receiver (i.e. CD, Aux, Video, etc.). So, whenever you...
  18. Michael Mohrmann

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.1

    Brian, Thanks for the pictures. That helps me visualize what you were describing. Looks good! You are correct in that most of the DLP and LCD RPTVs would not be able to handle such a setup. These RPTVs do not have much in the way of a flat top surface, and they have backsides that slope...
  19. Michael Mohrmann

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.1

  20. Michael Mohrmann

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.1

    Dennis, I have never been a fan of the center speaker on top of large TVs. I've always felt that the positioning was too out of line with the mains. Having the center speaker in front and below the TV is okay now, but our junky plastic table was meant only as a temporary solution as a stand...
  21. Michael Mohrmann

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.1

    While we await the news on the repair of our AVM-20, my wife and I have decided to start TV shopping again to replace our ailing 11 year old 35" tube TV. We have been looking at the 46"-52" DLP and LCD RPTVs, some quite good and some not so good. Here's the dilemma. These TVs are quite large...
  22. Michael Mohrmann

    DLP or CRT?

    I thought the same thing too until I watched a Toshiba 52HM84 DLP TV yesterday. Best DLP I have seen to date. Very good detail, bright but not overly, and a color balance that closely matched the Toshiba CRT RPTVs in the same store. I didn't see any of the pixelation that you mentioned on the...
  23. Michael Mohrmann

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.1

    Thanks for information everyone. Depending on the severity of our problem, I figure it may be up to 4 weeks for the turnaround. I just need to determine what to do in the interim. I suppose I could take this time to audition, but other than the D1 or the Lexicon MC-12, there isn't a processor...
  24. Michael Mohrmann

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.1

  25. Michael Mohrmann

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.1

    Marc, It appears that you may be correct in your analysis of our AVM-20, unfortunately. I was able to locate both fuses that are in the AVM-20 at an electronics store (not Radio Shack). Replacing the fuses didn't change the symptoms of our problem. We are still getting the power-on "click"...
  26. Michael Mohrmann

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.1

    Marc, Is that what happened to you, a power supply problem? And did you experience similar problems like I described? I was hoping it was just one of the fuses, but if it is a power supply problem, ouch! :frowning: If the standby power supply is the problem, I wonder what Anthem would...
  27. Michael Mohrmann

    The Upgraded Anthem AVM-20 2.1

    Well, it looks like our AVM-20 has developed a problem being able to power on. This seems to be related to the time a few years ago when one or both of the fuses would blow inside of the AVM-20, causing it not to come out of standby mode. We have the classic symptoms. Pressing the power...
  28. Michael Mohrmann

    Poll : Best matrix decoder!

    Logic 7 when we owned the Lexicon MC-1. DPL-II with the Anthem AVM-20. Michael
  29. Michael Mohrmann

    Marantz MA500 and MA6100 triggers

    Barry, Since the MA-6100 can be triggered by the Rotel, it would seem logical that the MA-6100 can trigger the MA-500, especially since you were able to trigger your MA-500s with your Marantz processor (if I recall correctly from your PM). Is the "second" MA-6100 triggered by the "first"...